Here’s a switch. The National Weather Service local forecast for the next three days includes the word “sunny,” as in “mostly sunny” or just plain “sunny.”
We will be spared any serious effects from the nasty winter storm expected to paralyze Atlanta and much of the Southeast before it roars up the Eastern Seaboard in the next couple of days.
But this relentless winter has one more immediate hurdle for Western New Yorkers, the cold snap continuing through tonight.
Forecasters are calling for a low of 1 degree below zero in the Buffalo area overnight tonight, with that number dipping to 5 to 10 degrees below zero in the Southern Tier.
The good news: Those temperatures are not expected to create frightful wind-chill temperatures. The weather service is calling for winds around 6 mph, becoming calmer throughout the night.
Still, meteorologist Jon Hitchcock expects tonight’s overnight temperatures to be a little colder than overnight Monday.
The National Weather Service recorded an official low temperature overnight of 10 degrees, thanks partly to lake-effect clouds that served as an insulator.
Elsewhere, farther from the lakes and especially into the Southern Tier, colder temperatures were reported by unofficial spotters, including 9 degrees below zero in Franklinville (Cattaraugus County), 2 below in Jamestown, 1 below in Olean and 0 in Warsaw (Wyoming County). Those spotters also recorded lows of 3 degrees in Wales and 4 in Colden.
The National Weather Service is calling for only a chance of snow here, beginning Thursday night, with daytime highs approaching 30 degrees and overnight lows in the teens for the next few days – after tonight.